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George Lewis Hart, 84, of Columbus, passed away July 10, 2013 at Our Hospice of Central Indiana Inpatient Facility.
He was born on July 14, 1928 in Michigan City, IN to Charles and Elizabeth (Ball) Hart.
He is survived by his loving wife Cecelia Martin Hart; stepchildren, Steven John Martin (Gretchen Anderson), Michelle Martin Colman (David), of Bloomington,Kevin John Martin(Patricia) of Indianapolis. Along with his adoring grandchildren, Gabriel, Sam and Emily Colman, and Helen and Zechariah Martin, George is also survived by his sister Margaret Muinch (William) of South Bend, and a brother John Patrick Hart of New York City.
Enlisting in the US Marine Corp at 17, George was proud of his service in China, where he rebuilt the bridges following World War II. He remained an avid member of the China Marine Corps, attending numerous reunions throughout his life. Many a family event found George entertaining with stories of his years spent overseas.
George was an avid fisherman all his life with regular trips to Canada and throughout the Midwest. Having lived his adult life by the water, his grandchildren fondly remember him teaching them to bait a hook and fish. George was also an aspiring golfer and he kept the score cards for 40 years to prove it. But, most importantly, he taught all his grandchildren the importance of showing up---as he was a dedicated regular at their softball, soccer, baseball, football games and practices.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and sisters Mary Graham, Helen Louise Simonson, Catherine Hart and Patricia Kohne.
He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
A graveside service with full military honors will be conducted at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, July 13, 2013 at Pine Lake Cemetery with Deacon Chris Hawkins officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to Our Hospice of Central Indiana, 2626 East 17th Street, Columbus, Indiana 47201.www.ourhospice.org.
Family and friends are invited to offer condolences at www.esslingfuneralhome.com
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